Stop Fossil Fuels

Infrastructure: A Guide to the Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes

Infrastructure cover

Brian Hayes has written a solid field guide to the industrial systems which extract, transport, refine, and enable burning of fossil fuels. Over its 525 pages, this book gives an extensive yet impressively detailed introduction to the physical infrastructure surrounding us. This information is essential to understanding the flow and use of fossil fuels, and thus to intervening effectively to halt the combustion.

One reviewer who has reviewed many military books on clearly had sabotage in mind when reading this one:

“This book is absolutely brilliant and has provided a valuable training resource in understanding urban physical infrastructure for targeting. […] Some of the examples of possible targets of sabotage covered in this book include:

  • fuel depots and manufacturing facilities
  • Supply depots/ warehouses
  • Repair facilities
  • Oil pipelines
  • Aquatic Targets of Sabotage:
    • Water routes (canals, river, etc.)
    • Harbors, piers, and docks (both from water and land routes)
  • Land Routes, Vehicles, and Weapons as Targets of Sabotage:
    • Railways (track, switching units, etc.) and rail bridges and tunnels
    • Trains (locomotive, freight, and passenger cars)
    • Roads and road bridges and tunnels
    • Air traffic control towers
    • Runways/airfields
  • Industrial and Economic Targets of Sabotage:
  • Utilities as Targets of Sabotage:
    • Communications (lines above and below ground, radar installations, radio facilities)
    • Electrical facilities
    • Water facilities

“Overall, I commend the author on outstanding book, and I highly recommend this book to anyone operating in the military field of explosives and/or special operations.”

The book’s information will be useful not only to that reviewer’s audience of potential military saboteurs, but to anyone trying to expel industrial infrastructure from our environment, whether they choose to resist via legal challenges, civil disobedience, or underground work.


  1. Out of the Earth
  2. Waterworks
  3. Food and Farming
  4. Oil and Gas
  5. Power Plants
  6. The Power Grid
  7. Communications
  8. On the Road
  9. The Railroad
  10. Bridges and Tunnels
  11. Aviation
  12. Shipping
  13. Wastes and Recycling

Note on printings

A 2005 edition was published under the titles Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape and Infrastructure: The Book of Everything for the Industrial Landscape. The revised and updated 2014 edition, with the title Infrastructure: A Guide to the Industrial Landscape is worth getting instead of the older version if you can. The editions don’t differ greatly though, so don’t worry that you’re missing too much if you can only find the 2005 version.

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